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Hi there.
This is Eric.
Thank you so much for joining me
here at my basic saxophone school.
This part of my curriculum is covering,
you asked it, the basics.
I'm gonna cover a whole bunch of different
topics, as you can see right there.
But I encourage you that the idea,
really, was to write some things for
students who have never
picked up a horn before.
I was thinking about making sure everybody
knew how to put their horn together,
which horn to buy,
some incredibly basic things.
But I encourage you if you
are student who has been playing for
awhile, even if you're
an advanced student,
there are things in this
curriculum that are universal.
There are things that I learned when I was
a kid, things I learned when I was nine,
ten years old that I still think about and
correct myself on today.
So again, if you're a basic student
I really think that the basic part of
this curriculum is crafted well, so
that by the time you get to the end you
should be playing and
playing pretty correctly actually.
But things like choosing the right horn,
a mouthpiece to choose from.
The difference between my metal mouthpiece
and the hard rubber for instance, and
the pros and cons.
Our hand positions, standing versus
sitting and how to do both correctly.
Position of your neck strap,
how to choose the right reed,
basic embouchure and
tongue positions, fingerings.
We've got the entire fingering chart,
there may be things you're
less familiar with there.
Music notation and some ideas about
song writing, and chords, and
ear training, and practice ideas.
A lot of different things, again, that are
quite universal that I think will really
help you a great deal in your playing.
Certainly on the basic level,
but even if you're beyond that.
So, enjoy everything in the curriculum.
I hope you enjoy these basic lessons,
and have a good time.